MANCHESTER CITY head to Barcelona after a fruitful start to the Premier League season.
Pep Guardiola's men sit second behind Arsenal after being denied three points on Sunday as they were held to a 3-3 draw by a resilient Newcastle side.
Barcelona meanwhile produced a clinical performance to secure a much needed 4-1 win over Real Sociedad after drawing 0-0 at home to Rayo Vallecano on the opening day.
While the prospect of Xavi and Pep Guardiola meeting as managers for the first time is a mouthwatering one, this is not a competitive fixture but rather a charity match towards a good cause.
All revenue raised will go to Fundacion Luzon, a charity set up to find a cure for ALS, which the club's former assistant manager Juan Carlos Unzue was diagnosed with two years ago.
ALS is a progressive nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control.
Many will have already heard of the illness through the Ice Bucket Challenge which enjoyed huge success in raising awareness five years ago.
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What time does Barcelona vs Man City kick off?
- Barcelona take on Man City on Wednesday, August 24.
- The match kicks off at 8.30pm UK time – 9.30pm local time.
- It will be played at the Camp Nou.
- Last time the sides met, Man City ran out 3-1 winners at the Etihad in the Champions League group stage back in 2016.
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What TV channel is Barcelona vs Man City on and can I live stream it?
- Barcelona vs Man City is not live on UK television.
- However, you can stream all the action live on CITY+.
- A subscription to the platform costs £2.99/month and can be cancelled at any time.
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Barcelona fans may well get to see new signing Jules Kounde for the first time.
The Catalans beat Chelsea to the signing of the former Sevilla star in summer, but have been unable to register him so far due to La Liga financial rules.
Elsewhere it remains to be seen what quality of team the two sides will put out.
They could parade the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Ansu Fati for the match after their starring performances at Real Sociedad, or they could use fringe players like Martin Braithwaite and Miralem Pjanic.
Man City are in the same boat and have a crucial game at home to bogey side Crystal Palace to come at the weekend.
Therefore they may well go with a slightly weakened side rather than risking the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Erling Haaland.
And it will also be interesting to see whether Bernardo Silva features, as the City star is Barcelona's top target for the remainder of the window.
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